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meteorologists said fresh northerly winds were likely to drive the flames from the fire towards the pacific coast. the blaze is the third—largest in the state since records began. the far—right freedom party in austria has been put in charge of the foreign and defence ministries and the home office. it has formed a coalition government with the conservative people's party, which won elections two months ago, but failed to achieve a majority. south africa's president jacob zuma has called on the african national congress to stop infighting, as it decides who will next lead the party. the main contenders to succeed him are the deputy president, cyril ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister nkosazana dlamini—zuma, president zuma's ex—wife. they were thought to be lost forever, but now tv shows starring cilla black and pete postlethwaite will be seen for the first time in decades at an exhibition in london.
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the event by the british film institute celebrates the discovery of programmes which were believed to have disappeared from the archives. our entertainment correspondent colin paterson has had a preview. could learn a lot of things from you. you shine at everything you do. cilla black and dudley moore on the bbc variety show, this episode has not been seen since it first transmitted in march 1968. a copy has turned up in the house of a formerfairground owner has turned up in the house of a former fairground owner at in blackpool, whose dad was a film collector. today it will be shown in full at the bfi in the southbank as pa rt full at the bfi in the southbank as part of their believed to be missing series. including a crackly recording of the first ever tv appearance by pete postlethwaite at the age of 29. i still like it,
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sometimes. come on, local loonie hears voices from out of space. let's get on with it. one was a half—hour bbc play broadcast in 1975, in which he played a journalist investigating the possible arrival of an alien spaceship. the original was wiped, but the director held onto a video—cassette of the first edit, which has been restored. other discoveries include the only surviving episode of late—night horror, from 1968, which was cancelled by the bbc after 16 part series due to the number of complaints about it being too scary. and an episode of itv police drama no hiding place has turned up in a share earlier. in the 1960s it had
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audiences of 7 million, but only 20 of the 236 shows survived. this new find is from 1960 and features a guest appearance by patrick trout and asa guest appearance by patrick trout and as a grumpy prisoner, six years before he joined doctor and as a grumpy prisoner, six years before hejoined doctor who. and as a grumpy prisoner, six years before he joined doctor who. they don't release nutcases, you know, not even after seven years good conduct. it has hoped events or will — — eve nts conduct. it has hoped events or will —— events like this will encourage other people to come forward with their own hidden treasures. and now it is time for the travel show. coming up on this week's show... we travel to georgia to pay a visit to a town that's the birthplace of one of the 20th century's most controversial figures. rajan meets an artist in dubai creating a unique fusion of traditional arabic
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calligraphy and street style graffiti. i always try to bring a message of peace and tolerance and try to bring people together. we are all connected and this is what i'm trying to do with arabic calligraphy, to connect people. yeah, baby! and i discover that santa makes it look easy when i hop on a sleigh for an early slice of christmas in finnish lapland. let's go, son, let's go! but first, this week, we're going to georgia. with its black sea coastline, forested landscape and
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world—famous wine, it's not hard to see why tourism is booming in the once soviet state. but one city there is attracting tourists for a very different reason. in many ways, gori is an unremarkable post—soviet town. if it wasn't for a former resident, it might not be so firmly on the tourist trail. but tourists do come and in their tens of thousands every year, and today that includes me. in 1939, my great—grandfather, a polish official, was arrested as the soviets invaded under the leadership ofjosef stalin. like so many other poles, my great—grandfather was sent to a forced labour camp and died,
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leaving my family to flee, eventually reaching the uk. today, in gori, a flower bed lies in the place where a statue to the city's most famous son once towered in front of the government building. but i've heard some locals want it put back up. so i came here, to the former hometown of stalin, where he remains such an important but controversial figure. for many in the former soviet union, stalin was a great leader.
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over his 30 year rule, he established an industrial and military superpower, brought victory against the nazis and respect on the international stage. but he also oversaw the starvation, imprisonment, execution and ethnic persecution of millions of people across the ussr. for lia zautashvili's guest house, stalin is good for business. but for many here, stalin represents far more than potential profit.
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he's still an icon. 100,000 visitors came to gori's stalin museum last year. you can see here originalfurniture from stalin's first office in the kremlin. given my family history, i have mixed feelings when i walk around the museum. for me, its interpretation of stalin's life feels far too positive. apparently the guides in this museum do tell their tour groups about stalin's victims, but i'm sat right now in a room dedicated to his victory in world war two and there's no similar room in this museum talking about his political oppression or mass famines. but museum officials maintain that they're fair in their representation of how many suffered under stalin.
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this is supposed to be a museum, but particularly in this death mask room, it feels more like a shrine. it's actually quite reminiscent of the lenin museum in the red square. in 2008, a long—running dispute with neighbouring russia over south ossetia spilled into war. gori suffered russian bombardment. following the war, the pro—western georgian government began removing soviet symbols from public spaces. in 2010, the statue of stalin was removed from outside gori's government building, but many of the locals are proud
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of stalin and nostalgic for the old days and they want the statue put back up. for some of the younger generation, however, stalin should be consigned to history, not lauded. i'd heard that a local taxi driver knew where the stalin statue had been dumped, facing the elements in a scrapyard next to a military base. he agreed to take me. in many ways, georgia has yet to decide for itself how to remember stalin. although his statue remains hidden away, the museum which seemingly venerates him is actively promoted as a tourist destination. but while the nature of stalin's future in the city remains unclear, what does seems certain is that for better or worse he will continue to bring travellers to gori for some time to come. stay with us, because coming up...
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rajan meets the man making his artistic mark on dubai. and i take a magical reindeer safari through finnish lapland. now, if you were watching our special show from dubai a few weeks ago, you might remember we featured an artist called el seed, who's based there. he's displayed his unique form of art all over the world. so rajan has been back to ask him about his travels and where he gets his inspiration from. calligraffiti is the art of beautifying script and it is an art that has been mastered by a master calligrapher.
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i am not a calligrapher because i did not learn from a master. i was born and raised in france and i had this kind of idea. this is how i started to learn to write arabic. i was looking for a teacher who could teach me arabic calligraphy but i could not find anyone. so i started twisting the letters or extending them and creating my own style. and that style is el seed's mix of arabic graffiti, bright colours and street style lettering, dubbed calligraffiti. and he believes his work is the most powerful on the street, bringing his message of tolerance
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to streets around the world from new york to south africa, to the favelas in brazil. i always try to bring a message of peace and tolerance and bring people together. we all connect and this is what i am trying to do with arabic calligraphy, to connect people. i was lucky enough to experience this — in all the projects my team and i have done around the world we have seen people and created relationship and links with people. to date, this is his biggest project. an immense peace of work painted on 50 walls in an area of cairo where a marginalised and poor community of coptic christians collect and sort the city's rubbish. it took over one month to complete
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and gives a different perspective to an area many locals feared or ignored. when you go to a place to create art, then you realise that art is a pretext to create a human experience. we went to cairo and the people welcomed us like we were family. i saw those people living in the garbage. but they live from the garbage. they taught us how to be tolerant and be human because it is not the easiest way to live. could we go through how you approach your calligraffiti? the only rule i have is from right to left. and then i play with the words and the letters. so let's write your name.
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this is the letter ra, this is the alif, jim, and nun. in arabic there is no capital. but what i do is i consider every letter as a capital so i separate everything. so in this one in calligraphy you can do it like this. this is the ra. and now the alif like that. and then this letter, the jim, takes the same shape here and then this is the letter nun. this is typography, this is calligraphy. and someone who is
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arabic can read that? yes. they can decipher it. arabic calligraphy is what made me realise that identity is not unique. iam french, tunisian and ironically, arabic calligraphy made me accept my french identity. i could not do what i do today if i were not french. if i had learnt arabic from a young age i would not have this freedom to do what i do with it today. finnish lapland is as close as it gets to a winter wonderland. over half a million people come here each year in search of father christmas and his reindeer. you can not say you have truly experienced the delights of lapland
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until you have been on a reindeer safari. and that is what i'm about to do. i have been told that if i am good, i may be able to ride my own sleigh with my own reindeer. before i do that, i need to learn how to use one of these. eric is my instructor today. is there anything specific i should know? do you have a tip? just be careful. move slowly, not quickly. how do we start? take a seat. who is your number one reindeer? this guy is 11 years old. he knows his place. he knows where he is going?
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that's what i need. how are you? for my lesson, eric takes me on a ride. oh, my days! like many herdsmen here in lapland, eric supplements his income with tourism. he takes small groups of tourists into the forest on a reindeer safari. this is a proper winter wonderland. it is so beautiful out here. everywhere you look at is just a postcard. it is getting close... oh, he shook me off. he does not like me. he is staying away.
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there are more reindeer in lapland than people. around 200,000 of these animals and most of them roam free. some of them, like these ones, are tamed and specially trained for the reindeer safaris. reindeer are powerful and that is why i am not allowed to use them on my own yet. they would run off and i would be unable to control them. eric is guiding us at the front and controlling the sleigh. it shows you how hardy these people are. eric tells me that if i am lucky, i may see some wolves or brown bears roaming around. so far, it isjust me and the reindeer. we have travelled around 20 minutes into the woods and come to a clearing. eric will start a fire. we will drink something nice, chill out and he would teach me to use one of the sleighs.
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i have had a taste of the power of the reindeer and i'm a little worried. do you get more people coming around christmas time? yes. it is one of the seasons. it is a high week, christmas week. they want to spend their christmas holiday in a winter world. today, reindeer sleigh safaris give tourists like me a taste of what life used to be like here before cars and snowmobile. finally it is my turn to have a go. if you want to go you just say go. as simple as that? go! reindeer, go! he is not listening to me. go, reindeer! go! he is not obedient, this reindeer. eric said he has given me the safe
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one because he does not want me to have any problems. i think he has given me the slow reindeer. what is going on?! you will be left behind! you will be billy—no—mates! eric! he is not going anywhere! at the next roundabout, take a right. in 200 yards, make a left. i can't say i didn't try but this reindeer is just not interested. maybe we will try the next one. 0k. we would try the next one. before i set off, eric gives me a last few tips. pull it, and he will
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stop in an emergency. so this is my emergency brake? we're going! look at this. controlling this powerful beast. oh my god, he is picking up speed. go, go! this is so spectacular. my first—ever sleigh ride. i don't know how much this sleigh weighs. it is probably around half a ton, maybe a little less, but that reindeer is pulling it as well as myself so easily. such a powerful beast. let's go, son, let's go! it still may not be the fastest of rides but it seems to be the smoothest and most magical way to enjoy this landscape. it feels quite christmassy. very christmassy. that is it for this week.
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join us next week when i take a look back at some of my personal highlights from this year's travel show including my trip to ghana where i met some of the country's cheekiest residents. they are not shy. look at him here. so that's next week. if you want to see what we're doing on the road between now and then, signup to our social media feed. the details should be on your screen right now. but for now from me, ade adepitan, and the travel show team here in finnish lapland, farewell. good morning.
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after our wintry week of weather, it's all change on the weather front. our weather is on the change in the first signs of it can be seen on the satellite picture with a stream of cloud coming in from the atlantic, bringing wet weather with it. the of that, we still have clear skies, so it will be frosty and sheltered eastern areas where we saw the best of the sunshine during saturday. a cold and frosty start, maybe some patchy fog through the midlands and into the south—east, which will linger first into the south—east, which will lingerfirst thing. into the south—east, which will linger first thing. temperatures to greet us first thing, the cityjust below freezing. the cloud and rain gathers towards the north—west. that is set to pushing through the day on sunday. some of turning quite heavy across northern ireland into western
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scotland. eventually that will push into wales in south—west england as we through the morning. clouding over a cross we through the morning. clouding over across eastern areas, staying dry until lunchtime. that rain will gradually push its way into the south—east corner by the middle of the afternoon. silky start with is not what you will finish with. i the afternoon we will continue to see showers across the south—west and into wales. some poor visibility, some coastal and hill fog as well. murky conditions in the peaks and pennines. the rain in east anglia and the south—east but as mild as further west. double—digit slightly behind at the front. sunshine for northern ireland in scotland after a wet start. a scattering of isolated showers into the far north. as we continue through sunday night into monday, the weather front will clear away. just briefly, for a time, the winds to the north will swing around to the north—west. that will allow those guys to clear and cabbages to fall away. it could be a brief and chilly start on monday. temperatures
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around 2—6. i suspect there will also be a little more in the way of sunshine around on monday. make the most of it. it isn't set to last. the general weather trend is for this area of high pressure to build from the south. that will block this weather front from from the south. that will block this weatherfront from pushing off from the south. that will block this weather front from pushing off the atla ntic weather front from pushing off the atlantic but it will also continue to drive in this milder south—westerly flow. the wind is coming in from the south—west. at this time of year that brings lots of cloud with it. poor visibility close to the coast. to summarise the week ahead, it is all change on the weather story. it will be a mild week and at times, mainly dry but often quite cloudy. take care. hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones.
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the authorities in california have issued new evacuation orders, as a huge wildfire flares up again in santa barbara county. the blaze, which has been named the thomas fire, is the third—largest in the state since reliable records began, covering almost a thousand square kilometres. meteorologists say fresh northerly winds are likely to drive the flames towards the pacific coast. sarah corker has the latest. fierce winds are driving one of the biggest fires in california's history towards the wealthy neighbourhood of montecito.
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